ONS: 04 April 2013

by TRG Alerts Admin on April 4, 2013

KEY STORYLINES

  • AFRICA: Interim Malian President Traore met with a delegation of the Arab community in a move to advance a national reconciliation initiative.
  • AMERICAS: Colombian DM Pinzon and Armed Forces Chief Navas said there is no evidence that the FARC has acquired surface-to-air missiles, contradicting claims by top US military officials.
  • ASIA: In Afghanistan, a NATO airstrike targeting Taliban militants in Ghazni province killed four police officers and two civilians.
  • EUROPE: Former Italian leader of the center-left coalition, Matteo Renzi, called for a coalition government with Berlusconi’s center-right party, challenging Bersani who previously called such a coalition “unthinkable.”
  • MIDDLE EAST: Gazan militants again fired several rockets into southern Israel a day after the Israeli military warned of further escalation.
  • TECHNOLOGY: Facebook is expected to unveil its first foray into mobile user interface software as it looks to further expand into personal communications.

 

TOP STORY

  • Korea, North: The government moved medium-range missiles to its eastern coast, putting it within range of South Korea and Japan.
    • The “Musudan” missile is believed to have an intended range of 3,000 km but is not believed to have been tested.
    • In response, the Pentagon announced it will deploy a ballistic missile defense system in Guam.
    • While full-scale war remains unlikely, South Korean DM Kim said localized provocations remain a possibility.
    • Coverage: AP, Reuters, CNN, AFP, NYT

 

AFRICA

  • Egypt: Part of a courthouse was set on fire in southern Cairo, destroying part of the prosecutor’s office, although the cause was not immediately apparent. (Xinhua)
  • Mali: Interim President Traore met with a delegation of the Arab community in a move to advance a national reconciliation initiative. (Xinhua)
  • Somalia: The government of the northern Puntland region ordered three private radio stations to close, prompting public outcry from journalists. (AFP)
  • Tanzania: The government closed the southern border with Zambia following intense fighting between Christians and Muslims near the border. (Xinhua)

 

AMERICAS

  • Region: US State Department officials said that Caribbean will likely see a surge in drug trafficking activity by 2015 due to a crackdown in much of Latin America. (AP)
  • Colombia: DM Pinzon and Arms Forces Chief Navas said there is no evidence that the FARC has acquired surface-to-air missiles, contradicting claims by top US military officials. (AFP)
  • United States: Law enforcement authorities arrested more than 100 in a massive operation targeting heroin and cocaine trafficking from the Caribbean. (Reuters)
  • Venezuela: The opposition presidential campaign lodged a formal protest claiming several high ranking military officers are illegally endorsing acting President Maduro. (AP)

 

ASIA

  • Afghanistan: A NATO airstrike targeting Taliban militants in Ghazni province killed four police officers and two civilians. (AFP)
  • India: At least five Maoist rebels were killed in the western state of Maharashtra when insurgents opened fire on a police patrol. (DPA)
  • Myanmar: Police arrested at least 42 people in connection with an outbreak in sectarian violence late last month. (AP)
  • Philippines: A series of clashes between government troops and leftist rebels in the south left eight dead and several more wounded. (Xinhua)

 

EUROPE

  • Italy: Former leader of the center-left coalition, Matteo Renzi, called for a coalition government with Berlusconi’s center-right party, challenging Bersani who previously called such a coalition “unthinkable.” (Reuters)
  • Russia: A car carrying a military officer was blown up in Dagestan, killing the officer, and an investigation into the cause of the explosion is underway. (Interfax)
  • Turkey: Jailed Kurdish leader Abdullah Ocalan called on PKK fighters to withdraw from the country without their weapons as part of the peace process. (Reuters)
  • United Kingdom: PM Cameron said the country must maintain its nuclear submarine fleet amid increased nuclear threats from North Korea and Iran. (AP)

 

MIDDLE EAST

  • Israel: Militants in Gaza again fired several rockets into the country a day after the military warned of further escalation. (AP)
  • Palestinian Territories: Israeli soldiers shot two protestors dead in the northern West Bank after a group of young men threw Molotov cocktails at an army outpost. (AP)
  • Syria: State-run media criticized Jordan for assisting the US in training rebel forces warning Amman risks becoming involved in the conflict. (AP)
  • Yemen: Suspected al Qaeda militants launched two mortar shells at a military outpost in the southern province of Abyan, injuring at least three. (Xinhua)

 

TECHNOLOGY AND COMMUNICATIONS

  • Mobile Tech: Facebook is expected to unveil its first foray into mobile user interface software as it looks to further expand into personal communications. (NYT)

 

WORLD

  • Cyclones: Nothing to report
  • Hurricanes: Nothing to report
  • Earthquakes: Nothing to report
  • Volcano: Plosky Tolbachik Volcano, Kamchatka, Russia
    • Eruption intensified, increasing the amount of lava being emitted.
    • Itar-Tass

 

TOMORROW’S OUTLOOK (05APR)

  • Lebanon: Parliamentary consultations to name a new PM will begin (to 06APR).
  • Moldova: Moldovan President Timofti is set to announce his prime ministerial nominee, expected to be Vlad Filat, the leader of the Liberal-Democratic Party.
  • Philippines: Philippines and US forces begin annual Balikatan Exercise, with some 8,000 soldiers conducting combined staff exercises and field training in various parts of Luzon Island (to 17APR).
  • Uzbekistan: Russian FM Lavrov will visit Tashkent to take part in the Council of the Commonwealth of Independent States (CIS) Foreign Ministers.

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